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Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policy

by Robert Brinkmann

Below the live oaks, palm trees, cypress swamps, and springs, water is slowly wearing away the limestone bedrock of Florida. The erosion is often unseen, and over time it can result in shocking cave-ins like...


The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone

by Mckay Jenkins

In 1969, five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had before: to scale the sheer north face of Mt. Cleveland, Glacier National Park's tallest mountain, in winter. Two days later tragedy...


The Severn Tsunami?: The Story of Britain's Greatest Natural Disaster

by Mike Hall

On 30 January 1607 a huge wave, over 7m high, swept up the River Severn, flooding the land on either side. The wall of water reached as far in land as Bristol and Cardiff. It swept away everything in its path,...


There's A Polar Bear In The Fridge

by Gypsy Wulff & Ryan Jones

Polar bears are supposed to live where there is plenty of ice and snow. Why would one be living in a fridge in the city?


Gone at 3:17: The Untold Story of the Worst School Disaster in American History

Deluge: Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont's Flash Floods, and How One Small State Saved Itself

by Peggy Shinn

Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont, from the perspective of Vermonters who rebuilt their state


Severe Weather

by National Geographic

Severe weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes have increased fourfold in the last two decades, shaking the foundations of our existence. Weather-related tragedies have fascinated humans throughout time....


Managing Adaptation to Climate Risk: Beyond Fragmented Responses

by Geoff O'Brien & Phil O'Keefe

Resilience has become the new buzz word - in Government, Health, Energy and Disaster Management sectors. Climate change is the single largest threat to sustainable development, and addressing climate risk is...


Megadisasters: The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe

by Florin Diacu

Can we predict cataclysmic disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or stock market crashes? The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 claimed more than 200,000 lives. Hurricane Katrina killed over 1,800 people...


Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest

by Sandi Doughton

Scientists have identified Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver as the urban centers of what will be the biggest earthquake, also called a mega-quake, in the continental United States. A quake will happen--in fact...


The Great Deluge

by Douglas Brinkley

In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. But it was only the first stage of a shocking triple tragedy. On...


When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time

by Michael J. Benton

"Michael Benton's splendid book brings back to Earth Science a sense of adventure. . . . It is both a wonderfully good read and a valued reference." —James Lovelock, author of Gaia and Homage to Gaia

Today...


Prepper's Guide to Surviving Natural Disasters: How to Prepare for Real-World Emergencies

by James D. Nowka

Real disasters - floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, chemical spills - occur every year. Prepper's Guide to Natural Disasters skips the hype and hysteria of less likely, apocalyptic scenarios and helps you...


Australia's Greatest Disasters

by John Miller

Australia is a land of extremes where searing heat and devastating floods can both take their toll. It is also a land of vast distances, leaving it vulnerable to calamaties at sea, by rail and in the air. AUSTRALIA'S...


The Torrent: Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley, January 2011

by Amanda Gearing

Based on exclusive interviews with survivors, rescuers, and with the families and friends of victims of Queensland’s catastrophic summer of 2011, this is a powerful account of human courage. Of all the stories...


Tornado Hunter: Getting Inside the Most Violent Storms on Earth

by Tim Samaras, Stefan Bechtel & Greg Forbes

Like the deadly tornadoes it documents, this potent combination of high adventure and hard science is terrifyingly timely in our era of global warming and climate change. The Weather Channel, now America's most...


Community-Based Landslide Risk Reduction: Managing Disasters in Small Steps

by Malcolm G. Anderson

Many areas of the world are at risk from landslides and their consequences; rainfall-triggered landslides particularly affect developing countries in the tropics. Rapid urbanization and the associated growth...


Lessons from Hurricane Ike

by Philip B. Bedient & Jim Blackburn

If Hurricane Ike had made landfall just fifty miles down the Texas coast, the devastation and death caused by what was already one of the most destructive hurricanes in US history would have quadrupled. Ike...


Category 5: The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane

by Thomas Neil Knowles

In the midst of the Great Depression, a furious storm struck the Florida Keys with devastating force. With winds estimated at over 225 miles per hour, it was the first recorded Category 5 hurricane to make landfall...


In Katrina's Wake: The U.S. Coast Guard and the Gulf Coast Hurricanes of 2005

by Donald L Canney

Of all the Homeland Security agencies operating in New Orleans before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina's landfall, no agency performed its duties with the same level of diligence and heroism as did the U.S....